Vendée Globe: Successful Rescue of Kito de Pavant:
(December 7, 2016; Day 32) – Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, who suffered damage yesterday to his keel when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean while racing in the Vendee Globe, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU this morning and taken aboard the research and supply ship Marion Dufresne II approximately 110 miles north of the Crozet Islands.
The solo skipper was immediately assessed by the ship’s doctor. De Pavant is uninjured but is extremely tired and disappointed.
The vessel, which supplies the French territories in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic, was on a mission from Reunion Island tou…
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Vendée Globe: Foil Damage Forces Josse Retirement:
(December 7, 2016; Day 32) – Sébastien Josse, skipper of the IMOCA 60 Edmond de Rothschild, is the latest casualty among the 29 solo skippers which began the eighth Vendée Globe on November 6 from Les Sables d’Olonn, France.
Josse is the seventh retirement of the race, and the second of the seven boats fitted with lifting foils to incur damage.
Over the past 48 hours, Sébastien Josse, currently in third place, put his race on hold to focus on his own safety and that of the IMOCA 60 Edmond de Rothschild. Major damage to the port foil, which occurred Monday (Dec. 5) at 0930 UTC, meant that he was in a tricky situation facing extreme weather conditions – 40 knots …
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